A federal judge ruled today that all Texans qualify to vote by mail as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, which The Texas Tribune wrote, "opened a path for a massive expansion in absentee voting in Texas." The order is part of an ongoing legal battle.
From the Tribune:
"In a lengthy order, opened by quoting the preamble to the Declaration of Independence, [Judge Fred] Biery said he had concerns for the health and safety of voters and stated the right to vote 'should not be elusively based on the whims of nature.'"
In a poll over the weekend, 85% of Austonia readers said that voting by mail should be allowed in 2020.
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With an extremely limited vaccine supply, Austin Public Health is now focusing its distribution events on individuals who are 65 years of age or older, public health officials said Friday.
"We have more than 129,000 of (people in this category)," APH Director Stephanie Hayden-Howard said Friday, adding Austin residents who do not fall into this demographic group to be patient.
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